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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s pie is a classic comfort food, originally from the British Isles, that has found its place in hearts and homes across the world. This particular variation, with a twist of sweet potato, is a melting pot of nutrition and taste. By swapping out the traditional mashed potatoes with sweet potatoes, this recipe gets a flavorful boost and also levels up in terms of nutrition.

Why People Love Cooking This Recipe?

People adore cooking this recipe because it combines the beloved flavors of a traditional Shepherd’s Pie with a healthier twist. Sweet potatoes add a natural sweetness that pairs well with the savory filling. Moreover, it’s incredibly versatile; one can easily swap in different vegetables or types of meat based on preference or dietary restrictions. It’s also a one-pot dish, making cleanup easier. Additionally, Shepherd’s Pie is a crowd-pleaser and works well for gatherings, and the sweet potato variation is an excellent conversation starter about healthier alternatives.

Why This Recipe Is Healthy?

I can attest that this recipe is wholesome. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber which are essential for a healthy immune system and digestion. Opting for lean ground turkey or beef ensures high-quality protein with less saturated fat. The vegetables in the filling provide an array of vitamins and minerals. Using olive oil and low-fat milk helps to keep the dish lower in unhealthy fats.

Who Can Eat This Recipe?

This recipe is suitable for the general population including children and the elderly. However, individuals with dietary restrictions such as a low-carbohydrate diet or those with sweet potato allergies should avoid it.

This Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is the epitome of comfort food with the added bonus of being nutritious. It’s hearty, flavorful, and a dish that brings people together. So, go ahead and give this recipe a try and savor every bite!

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Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe Details

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe Details

amelia-taylor
prep time
30 minutes
cooking time
20 minutes
servings
6
total time
50 minutes

Equipment

  • Large pot

  • Skillet

  • Baking dish

  • Oven

  • Potato masher

  • Knife and cutting board

  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ cup low-fat milk

  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

1

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2

Peel and cut sweet potatoes into chunks. Boil them until tender, then drain.

3

While the sweet potatoes are boiling, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions, carrots, and cook until they start to soften.

4

Add garlic, ground meat, and thyme. Cook until the meat is browned.

5

Add peas, and season with salt and pepper.

6

In a large bowl, mash the sweet potatoes with milk, butter, and a pinch of salt.

7

In a baking dish, layer the meat mixture, then top with the mashed sweet potatoes.

8

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden.

Notes

Seasoning is key! Season your meat well and don't shy away from herbs like rosemary or oregano. Sweet potatoes can be quite sweet, so a generous pinch of salt when mashing helps balance the flavors. Additionally, if you want a creamier texture, you can use Greek yogurt instead of milk for mashing the sweet potatoes. Lastly, give the pie a nice golden top by broiling it for the last 3-5 minutes.
Amelia Taylor
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